As Detroit celebrates its 300th birthday this summer, rev up your roots with our guide to the city's historical and genealogical riches.
As much as Detroit seems a city of the modern age, pistoning at the pace of the automobile, it's actually celebrating its 300th birthday this year. Detroit's tricentennial focus on history and heritage makes 2001 a natural time to research your Detroit ancestors and to tap the Motor City's genealogical riches.
The tricentennial will pay tribute to those who built the city — perhaps including your ancestors. If your research confirms descent from the earliest French colonists (1701 to 1710), the French Canadian Heritage Society <habitant.org/fchsm/> offers commemorative certificates. If your ancestors were among those who settled Detroit during its first 50 years (1701 to 1751), the Detroit 300 Committee is interested. The committee also wants to know of individuals who “made a difference” in the city's history. Call toll free (877) DET-2001 or see <www.detroit300.org>.